The family of the Indian mobster who was shot dead in this island province on Feb. 4 have cancelled their visit to return his body to India, Phuket police said.
Lieutenant Colonel Ekachai Siri, an inspector of Phuket’s tourist police, said the relatives initially planned to come to Thailand to collect Jimi Singh Sandhu’s body yesterday but had changed their minds.
They have ordered a private company in Phuket to return the body to India, he said.
Major General Kemarin Hassiri, commander of the Royal Thai Police, said the relatives had authorized a local law firm to handle the case.
The 32-year-old Mr Sandhu, was shot and killed by two armed men in a hooter in the parking lot of his rented beachfront villa on Rawai Beach on the night of Feb. 4.
Investigators said the two suspects entered Thailand in mid-December and left Thailand via Suvarnabhumi Airport on February 6, two days after the murder. One flew to Amsterdam, the other to Frankfurt.
Phuket court has issued international arrest warrants against them.
They have been identified as Gene Karl Lahrkamp, 36, and Matthew Leandre Ovide Dupre, 36. Both are Canadians.
Matthew Leandre Ovide Dupre (left) and Gene Karl Lahrkamp are wanted for the murder of Jimi Singh Sandhu in Phuket province early this month.
According to police, Sandhu was born in India in 1990 and moved to Canada in 1997.
At the age of 20, he was wanted by Indian police in connection with 14 illegal drug factories operating in western India, police said. The drugs produced there were smuggled to Canada, Africa and Thailand, police said.
Police said Sandhu was also a member of two gangs in Canada, both of which are involved in drug trafficking.
According to Thai police, Sandhu was deported from Canada in 2016 for illegal drug and other crimes.
He has since been believed to have travelled back and forth between Dubai and Southeast Asia.
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